Updated: Jan 22
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published by Spencer Hill Press
Book 2 in the Covenant Series
There is need. And then there is Fate...
Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome—especially when Alexandria’s "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom—so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do—and sacrifice—for her. When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies—lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone
RATED: 14+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Foul Language Young Adult Action
Violence Mythology Emotional
Some steamy scenes Romance
Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout it the second book in the Covenant series and holy. Shit.
Sorry. Had to type that. I'm still emotionally ripped apart.
Pure starts off a couple of weeks after the events of the first book, half-blood, with school now in session, and it's not proving to be easy. School, and training with both Aiden and Seth, soak up all of Alex's time and energy. Pile on top her struggles with what happened with her mother in the last book, her physical scars from the encounter, all the unknowns with being the second Apollyon, Aiden breaking her heart, and having her peers treat her like she has committed some crime ... well, it's a lot. Especially for a teenager girl.
This. Book. Didn't. Disappoint. Its filled with action, romance, lust, and heartbreaking events that will make you bawl (I did!), but you won't be able to put the book down. It highlights themes that we face every day in the real world, like the injustice of inequality, and the consequences of it. Actually, consequences is a major theme to this book.
Let's focus on our three main characters. I love Alex. The best word to describe her is wild. It's a good and a bad thing. She is fun to read. Her attitude and her inability to swallow down inequality of the world she lives in is wonderful. Is she perfect? Gods no. (Ha. See what I did there?) ... honestly though ... she is a 17 year old girl. I like that she is flawed. She is reckless and doesn't think before she speaks ... often. Aiden ... well, it would be easy to dislike him, but I can't help but love him for the fact that he isn't being the way he is to hurt her. He is also sacrificing his happiness, so that she can have a life. He knows if they were caught together, he would get a slap on the wrist, and she would have everything taken from her. His moments of weakness are understandable, but I get how they mislead and hurt Alex even more. Now Seth. I have seen Jennifer Armentrout fans say they dislike Seth, and I'm left wondering why. Yeah, he can be a tool. He is arrogant. But he is there for Alex. Sure, it can be argued that he does it for himself, because he feels her pain, and wants her happy so he is happy ... but I feel it's more than that. I don't think he loves her. I don't get the "in love" vibes from him. But I think he does love her in his way, and yes, lusts after her. I'm giving him a chance. It's not like he is getting in the way of Aiden and Alex ... Aiden's self-control, and the rules are in the way. I get big "best friend" vibes from him.
Pure was an amazing continuation of Alex's story. So much happens in this book, and there were many parts where I was laughing, definitely crying (ugly crying), and wanting to pull my hair out. Jennifer Armentrout proves time and time again how great of a writer she is, and I can't wait to continue the series with the next book.
Alex breaking Lea's nose ... again
Seth sleeping in Alex's room so they both could sleep better
Alex refusing and fighting the guards when they were forcing a strip search, and Seth coming to help her
Olivia and Alex finding Seth and Elena having sex
Seth taking care of Alex after Caleb's death
Aiden seeing Alex at the ball
Alex's testimony at the Council meeting
Alex high off the brew
Alex fighting when the daimons attacked
Aiden helping Alex cover up her killing a pure-blood
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Jackson: "Always on your back, huh?"
Alex: "Yeah, that's more like your girlfriend. Get off."
Romvi: "Many of you aren't ready for graduation. Many of you will die the first week on the job, but you, Miss Andros? You're an embarrassment to the Covenant."
Romvi was an embarrassment to the male race, but he didn't hear me bitching.
Aiden: "You should never be ashamed of these scars, Alex. Never."
Alex: "I'm not a daimon, you skank."
Lea: "If it looks like a daimon, then ..."
Caleb: "Lea, go screw someone and tan, in whatever order. No one wants to hear your crap. And that's the funny thing about you, Lea. You think everyone cares what you have to say, when all they care about is how easy it is to get you on your back."
Olivia: "Or how the Instructors found a bottle of Brew in your room last week. Didn't know you were into such freaky stuff, or maybe that's how you get guys into you."
Alex: "Wow. Drugging guys to sleep with you? Nice. I guess that's why Jackson practically humped my leg in class today."
Lea: "She broke my nose again! You can't let her get away with this!"
Alex: "Oh, shut up. The docs will fix it. Half your face is plastic anyway."
Marcus: "Now, I'm pulled out of an investigation that will make or break my career here, all because my half-blood niece broke a girl's nose in the cafeteria ... with an apple, of all things."
Alex: "She accused me of being a daimon!"
Marcus: "So your natural response is to throw an apple at her face hard enough to break a bone?"
Alex: "She said I was the reason her parents were killed."
Marcus: "I'll ask you one more time: So you decided to throw an apple hard enough to break a bone?"
I wiggled uncomfortably
Alex: "Yeah, I guess so."
Marcus: "Is that all you have to say?"
Alex: "I didn't think the apple would break her nose."
Alex: "Am I, like, grounded or something?"
Marcus: "Until further notice, and do not even think of arguing with me. You cannot go unpunished for this."
Alex: "But how can you ground me?"
Marcus: "You broke a girls nose with an apple."
Clive: "You think you can get away with anything, don't you? You're the dean's niece, the Minister's stepdaughter, and the next Apollyon. You're just so damn special, aren't you?"
I jerked my arm free
Alex: "Yeah, I'm that damn special."
Clive: "Just remember you're still a half-blood, Alex."
Alex: "Just remember that I am the dean's niece, the Minister's stepdaughter, and the next Apollyon."
Clive stepped up, his nose almost touching mine
Clive: "Are you threatening me?"
Alex: "No. I'm just reminding you of how special I really am."
Alex: "Where's Seth?"
Aiden's eyes glittered with amusement
Aiden: "He's with the Minister. Would you prefer him?"
Alex: "So let me get this straight. You think it's okay for them to restrict where we can go and what we can do? That they can search are rooms at any time? You think it's acceptable for them to subject us to full body searches? And it's okay for them to launch a witch hunt the moment they think there's another daimon?"
Aiden: "No one's starting a witch hunt, Alex! I agree that certain measures have to be taken, but I don't agree with -"
Alex: "My gods, you're just another pure, Aiden! You're no different than the rest of them. How irrational of me to think otherwise."
Aiden flinched as if I'd hit him
Aiden: "I'm no different than the rest? Do you hear yourself?"
Alex: "Whatever. Who cares, right? I'm just a half-blood."
Aiden: "How can you even say I'm like the other pures? Answer me, Alex."
Alex: "Because ... because you should know that those rules aren't fair to us!"
Aiden: "This isn't about the damn rules, Alex. I'm like the other pures? You really believe that?"
Alex: "But you think -"
Aiden grabbed my arm, pulling me right against his chest.
Aiden: "If I was like every other pure-blood, I would have had you by now, without even thinking about the consequences for you. Every day is a struggle not to be like them. So don't tell me I'm like other pures."
Seth: "Should I kiss it and make it better for you?"
Alex: "Thanks, but I'll pass."
Seth: "I've been told my lips can make a girl forget just about anything. You should try it out."
I wrinkled my nose
Alex: "Look, you can leave now. You apologized. Bye."
Seth: "I think I'll stay. I kind of like it here."
Alex: "What? You can't stay. It's against the rules."
Seth laughed deeply
Seth: "Since when do you care about rules?"
Alex: "I'm a changed person."
Seth: "When did you change? Just right now? 'Cuz I heard about your smackdown in the cafeteria yesterday. By the way, that was made of awesome."
Alex: "Do you think I'm irrational?"
Seth: "Is that a trick question?"
Alex: "So I'm irrational?"
Seth: "You're a bit crazy. You throw apples in people's faces when you're angry. You go off half-cocked half the time. It entertains me to no end. So if you are irrational, I hope you stay that way. I love it."
Alex: "All of that sounds really good. Thanks."
Seth: "Rational is mundane and uninteresting. Why would you want to be that?"
Scooting back once more, I kicked him in the thigh.
Alex: "You're a pain in my -"
Seth: "I think we'll work on how to control your anger."
I moved to kick him again, but he caught my calf.
Alex: "Let go."
Seth: "Don't kick me again."
Our eyes locked
Alex: "Let. Go."
Laughing, I rolled my eyes
Alex: "Wow. You're so humble."
Seth: "Why should I be humble? I'm great."
Alex: "I yelled at Aiden in training."
Seth: "I'm afraid to ask."
Alex: "He agrees with the new rules. So I yelled at him."
Seth: "And he said you were being irrational, huh?"
Alex: "Yeah, so I yelled at him some more."
Deacon: "It's not you personally. A lot of us are freaked out right now."
Alex: "That's nice to know."
Deacon: "You asked."
Alex: "I did."
Deacon: "Besides, you should be nice to me."
I cracked a half smile for him
Alex: "I'm always nice to you, Deacon."
Deacon: "Yeah, but you need to be nicer. I'm losing a lot of cool points being seen talking to you."
I glared at him.
Nurse: "We will take you in one at a time. We will make this as fast as possible for you. Any questions?"
I raised my hand, heart tumbling over itself.
Alex: "What if we don't agree to this?"
Nurse: "There's nothing to be worried about. It will be over within a couple of minutes."
I nodded slowly, feeling the eyes of the other halfs on me and the Guards shifting uncomfortably.
Alex: "Yeah, I'm not down with this."
Nurse: "But ... you have no choice."
Alex: "But I do and I'm choosing no. And if you don't like that, then I'd like to see you try to make me do this."
That was pretty much when the Guard behind me decided they were going to try to make me do this. And that is when I decided I was going to be hitting someone again.
Alex: "Okay. I'm done."
Guard: "We'll decide when you're done."
Seth: "No. I will decide when you are done. And you are done with her."
The weight on my chest suddenly vanished, along with the guard. She flew across the med room, slamming into one of the many carts lining the walls. I rolled onto my knees, drawing in air.
Seth took one step into the room, eyes simmering with anger.
Seth: "You. Help her up now."
Guard: "But ... we have our orders. She refused to comply."
Seth: "You must not have paid close attention. The Minister gave orders for all halfs to be searched, but not his stepdaughter. I doubt he will be pleased to know you three disobeyed him. Why have you not helped her up yet?"
The guard who had spoken darted forward and gently placed me on my feet
Seth: Apologize to her. All of you."
Alex: "Seth, that's not -"
Seth: "Be quiet, Alex. I want to hear them apologize."
My brows shot up
Alex: "Excuse -"
Guard: "I'm sorry, Miss Andros. I beg your pardon."
Seth looked pointedly at the other guards. The female Guard limped forward, apologizing profusely. When I nodded, they filed out of the room, leaving Seth and me alone for a few moments.
Alex: "You didn't have to make them apologize, Seth. They were just doing their jobs. You didn't -"
He stood directly in front of me, moving so fast I hadn't even registered it. He caught the edge of my chin with the tips of his fingers, looking me over.
Seth: "A 'thank you' would be nice. I did stop them, you know."
Seth arched a brow as he tipped my head back
Seth: "You could also sound like you mean it."
Alex: "I do mean it, but you embarrassed them."
Seth: "You beat the guards up when they were just doing their jobs. I guess we're even."
Seth: "I only have enough room in my head to be concerned about myself and you."
Alex: "I'm surprised you have any room to think about anyone but yourself."
Seth: "Me too. I don't think I like it, actually."
Aiden caught my chin again
Aiden: "That's not what I was going to say. You worry too much, Agapi. I'm not going to say anything to anyone. Not a single word of this, but that doesn't mean I'm going to forget."
Alex: "What does the mean?"
He smiled, but it seemed off and a little sad.
Aiden: "Well, you need to get some rest, and you need time to just chill out. I don't know. I'll think of something."
I covered his hand with mine. At once, he let go of my chin and threaded his fingers through mine.
Alex: "What does Agapi mean?"